Opinion: The FDC needs to grow a pair

The current Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) high ranking officials needs to grow up and take their losses on the chin. Today’s news of possible dismissal of FDC MPs accepting Shadow Cabinet positions is foolish at best.

This coming from the same party, which have appointed Shadow Cabinets with MPs from other parties. So, this just shows a lack of growth or maturity from the current leadership. Yes, the FDC wasn’t consulted. Nevertheless, the FDC haven’t been willing to meet or greet the National Unity Platform (NUP) on earlier meetings either. Secondly, the FDC have retaliated and questioned the NUPs credentials and their agenda.

Therefore, that Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda is calling out like this. After what Nathan Nandala-Mafabi have done in the post-election. They have both been on the warpath with the NUP. These two have been comrades in talking ill of the NUP and their actions. While never accepting anything its doing. Neither, have it taking it lightly that none of the MPs was appointed to committee’s.

That’s why today’s words was striking. That they went this way. When the NUP have invited FDC. It has been seen as non-important and as a obstacle. This seems to be the same reasons for why FDC can avoid or even boycott IPOD. However, when FDC is appointed as the leader of IPOD. Than it becomes an important thing…

This sort of pattern is tiring. The FDC leadership better grow up. Especially, as this is supposed to the party who has for ages been in the battle and fought the dictatorship. The ones who can educate and show how things are done. They could show some heart and skill.

They should be happy that Leader of Opposition Mathias Mpuuga have considered 7 MPs from the FDC. He could have picked several more from his own party the NUP. He could have filled the ranks. Still, he appointed surely in talks with his own and own their merits to various of positions. However, this is not good enough for the FDC.

Now… suddenly… the FDC wants to meet and drink tea. Who are they kidding here? What sort of game is this? Maybe FDC National Executive Committee (NEC) needs to have an extraordinary meeting to figure out the way to be a ordinary opposition and not the leader of it. Since, this is the first time in ages. The FDC is demoted and they should be gracious to be considered this big.

Even, if some of the big-men and the long-term MPs wasn’t appointed here or in May to the Committee’s. Still, they should just be happy and accept this. Just like the other opposition parties took their part. When they were at the helm and appointed the Shadow Cabinet. That is what the FDC should do now.

Well, maturity is clearly not this party thing. They are not able to show it. Neither, to take things to heart. Everyone is supposed to play after their tune and dance. However, no one else is supposed to counter or try on their own. That’s how this looks. This coming from one of the persons who has attacked the NUP after the elections.

That’s why this is tiring. This part seemed like someone you could look up to and get engaged in. That was just a lie. As they are only in it for their own and play by own rules. Never, accepting what other people does. Especially, the NUP should just follow and do the two-step. Never ever act on its own.

That’s why the FDC cry foul now and even wants to dismiss it’s own. They are so broken and lack moral courage. To even be gracious and move-on. They are not the big-dog anymore. Be leaders, act mature and take it on the chin. Show your character over this term and try again.

The FDC seems to lost their vibe and their Mojo. Like they have lost some vital parts and cannot operate in good faith. These folks who talks big. Should also act big. However, that’s to much to ask.

They are all for Democratic Change, but cannot the democratic change that has happened in the Parliament. Which they are smaller and the NUP is bigger. It is time for them to accept and eventually move-on. In 2016 they could act like big-shots in the opposition and in 2011 as well.

Now, the tide is turning and they just don’t seem ready for it. Time for Najjakumbi to visit Kamwokya and speak to the leaders there. I don’t think it would hurt. It would be a lesson of humility and maybe of finalization of maturity. Especially, if the FDC would ever continue to lecture the newcomer and their rise to power. It seems to be the only reasonable thing to do.

Unless, their only game-plan is to attack the NUP and Bobi Wine. Just like the NRM. Peace.

A look into the Shadow Cabinet of the 11th Parliament

Today, Leader of Opposition National Unity Platform (NUP) MP Mathias Mpuuga unveiled the appointments of his shadow cabinet. Now the opposition is taking form and the NUP shows maturity in their choices. However, there are some interesting choices.

We anticipated that the NUP would have an majority and it does. What is striking, after all the dust is settled… the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) get several of positions and other parties get it too. This is not a sole NUP operation. No, there are MPs from the Uganda People’s Congress (UPC), Democratic Party and Independents as well. Therefore, things has changed.

On the 28th May 2021 the first list was out and the ones picked for the Committees was mostly NUP and one JEEMA MP. That was a choice made by the NUP and the other parties felt left behind. Now, the LoP have taken them in, but don’t expect that to accept it or be gracious. Because, for instance the LoP have left behind the likes of Nathan Nandala-Mafabi and Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda. These will be foul and cry out loud. We just know this and be aware.

So, now on the 25th June 2021 the LoP have made this list and it’s a total of 30 members. There are 30 people in the shadow cabinet. While the original cabinet is at 81. So, they have slimmed it a little bit, but still giving roles to plenty.

It is a friendly reminder of a rising star in the opposition is to see Kampala Woman MP Shamim Malende, the lawyer and MP on the Justice and Constitutional Affairs. She’s one of out of plenty who has been called an “iron lady”. So, it will be interesting to see how she plays this out. As this is her first term as MP and being in Parliament. Been vocal as a People Power Movement lawyer and a critic fo government. Now, she has the moment to prove her skill and use this office for some good.

A person who didn’t need a party primary, but became the party flag-bearer nevertheless was Fortunate Rose Nantongo. Who replaced her deceased mother as the MP. She became the Democratic Party (DP) nominee after a handwritten application to the party. The rest is history and now she’s appointed to the Shadow Cabinet to the Gender, Labour and Social Development.

The Former Presidential Candidate Abed Bwanika is appointed to the shadow cabinet. He has turned into a NUP MP as well. It will be interesting to see a man like this who has been fishing fr relevancy and found his way to get into office. Now, will be in the shadow cabinet for agriculture. The former People’s Development Party (PDP) and who was so close to be part of the DP Block as well. This is why, I will find it interesting, if he will seek for McDonalds to trade in Uganda.

Then you Karim Masaba, the Independent MP for Mbale. Who is NUP Leaning. He is a childhood friend of Mityana MP Francis Zaake. Bobi Wine supported his candidacy directly and he was part of the NUP convoy, which routed across Mbale in 2020. Now his appointed to the Shadow Cabinet for the Tourism and Wildlife.

Surprise appointment at this point was Francis Mwijuke MP of the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC). We know he has a long history with Mpuuga. They have been together in the struggle since the Action 4 Change in 2011. Mwijuke is on his second term in office and been a vocal critic of the state. Still, he seemed very in favour of Kadaga as a speaker and not just doing it as a strategy. That’s why it’s interesting to see him in the Shadow Cabinet in the Trade & Industry.

Another interesting choice from Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) was Anna Ebaju Adeke. She is the former Makerere Guild President and has a Bachelor of Law. Other than the public known things, she has incorporated an foundation in 2020. This was the Anna Adeke Foundation Limited on 25th February 2020. In 2018, she was part of the deflecting MPs to the Alliance for National Transformation (ANT). However, that had to be short tint and only seeing if the ticket was viable. Since, by the times of elections she has gone to the FDC.

The one and only People’s Progressive Party MP Santa Okut have been appointed as well. She has represented the PPP before in the Parliament that was in the term of 2001 to 2006. The return is after a third try and never losing hope of returning back to Parliament. So, it will be interesting to see what she does and what ever she will do. As she’s alone in Parliament for a party founded in the early 2000s. Time will tell and she is appointed in the Shadow Cabinet for the Special Regions.

My last appointed that I find interesting… was Forum for Democratic Change Gilbert Olanya MP. He has been an Independent MP, but he become a FDC MP over time. He was another FDC MP who vied for Kadaga as speaker. Still, he been a resilient opposition MP. Who has been arrested for demonstrations in his district. This man hasn’t had it easy and put his work in. Still, it was interesting to see Mpuuga choosing him. In the Shadow Cabinet he will be working on the East African Community (EAC).

Just as we comments and look through the vast lists of Cabinet Members. The Shadow Government needs to be addressed as well. Not just praised, but wonder of their credentials too. This is why I do this. This is the first cabinet of Mpuuga. He has shown great heart, but let see how this plays out. Peace.

Opinion: The battle for speaker is a futile enterprise

This happened in 2016..

Been reading comments by opposition supporters and others who is suddenly addressing the National Unity Platform plan to field a speaker in the race for the 11th Parliament. They are the biggest opposition party and have a loyal following. So, I don’t see a problem with them doing so.

While Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) supporters are calling foul and saying the opposition should support their candidate Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda, the Opposition Whip in the 10th Parliament.

Because the FDC supporters are now calling the NUP meal-ticket and only thinking about their stomachs for not supporting Ssemujju Nganda. Don’t they see their twisted tongues with this?

They are the ones that is always talking about multi-party elections and having more challengers to have a real choice. Why not have it in the Speakership race this time around?

We know the National Resistance Movement (NRM) and their Special Groups MPs will vote in unison for the NRM candidate and the ones decided to be picked by NRM Central Executive Committee (CEC). That wouldn’t be shocking at all and would be mandatory at this point.

There is nothing wrong with Ssemujju Nganda. He has experience and is a bright fella. I would not deny him that. However, the other opposition parties should field their candidates the way they see fit. It is not like the FDC is not running candidates everywhere they can at any given time. The FDC have run in every by-election they can and rarely run joint-candidates with the opposition. Therefore, it is a bit hypocritical to blame the NUP at this point for fielding their if they do.

This race is already won by the NRM. No matter who the opposition is fielding…. It will end nowhere. Just like the “independent” MP Muhammed Nsereko after the previous election tried to become speaker as well. Ssemujju Nganda will end up with the same results. The NRM will not let the Opposition have this privilege and this high office. I doubt that and it would be a shock if that would ever happen.

Therefore, when I read FDC supporters calling the idea of seeking office of other automatically “meal-ticket” and only feeding their own tummy. Maybe they should do some soul searching and look at their own. They are the ones who field candidates at any By-Election possible and rarely seek for joint candidates. The FDC have usually, if possible fielded their own. So, that there are one from them and from others. Which the FDC should, but then they shouldn’t attack the NUP for doing thing.

The FDC have been vital and been the biggest opposition party. They have been on the frontline an fought for a good cause for so long. That is undeniable. They have been a party, that can still inspire and be important in the times ahead. However, they should also show some humility and grace towards the newcomer.

Bobi Wine and NUP should show their strength and use their place in parliament. Not only be friendly cousin and await what the FDC does. The NUP runs on their own agenda, just like the FDC does. They are maybe in some respects working for the same ends, but they trying different approaches to it.

This is why. When I am reading dismissing and arrogant stances towards the NUP possibly fielding someone in this race. I am in sorrow and disbelief. The same party never really gave way to anyone or only did so… when they candidate was the top notch. The Besigye was in the IPC Alliance (2011). FDC was wise enough not to joint the TDA (2016) and neither did they have joint candidates in 2021. So, why should NUP just bow down to the FDC? Who are they kidding here?

Ssemujju Nganda might be the best speaker in the whole wide world. He might be a great narrator and have a beautiful mind. Still, his the FDC candidate and rightfully so. The NUP can decide either their own or not. Just like the FDC could choose another path as well, if they pleases to do so.

There got to be some sense to these proceedings and some justification. I am just disgusted by reading the disregard for NUP’s own way here. They should choose their path, just like the FDC does. That is only fair. Unless, the FDC has now a new plan of more joint work and actually forge alliance for the betterment with others. I am looking forward to be seeing that. Since it’s a decade ago since the IPC was a thing and the United Forces of Change (UFC) ahead of 2021 haven’t done anything useful. Peace.

Total Crackdown on the Opposition… [as Bobi Wine, Ssewanyana and Ssemujju Nganda gotten arrested]

After yesterday’s raid of the National Unity Platform Headquarters in Kamwokya, Kampala. The Police have amped up the levels. Firs verified reports is that Presidential Candidate and Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine was arrested after the raid.

Another NUP heavyweight was arrested today, this being Makindye West MP and MP Aspirant Allan Ssewanyana was arrested and currently held at Katwe Police Station. The MP was arrested shortly after the nomination.

The Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) Spokesperson and Kira Municipality MP Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda was also arrested today. He was bundled up to a police car after the nomination.

“All FDC Parliamentary candidates for Hoima City including ANT’s Kasule Ismail have been arrested immediately after nominations” (Capital FM Uganda, 15.10.2020).

This is just the beginning of the campaigns and elections in a way. As today was a day of delivering nomination papers to the Electoral Commission across the Republic. That will also happen tomorrow for the aspirant MPs in the up-coming General Elections.

As this is going on, the authorities are arresting people for selling People Power and NUP merchandise in the streets of Kampala and elsewhere. There is also reports of the authorities taking down posters with Bobi Wine and the NUP candidates. The state is really working hard to block and get rid of the contender.

This is yet another sign of how the state is working on overtime to stop, silence and go against the dissidents. As people are not allowed to sell merch made to supporters of Bobi Wine. That is how small of a man the President is. He cannot stomach real competition and therefore, has to use the law enforcement to get ahead. Peace.

Dr. Kizza Besigye’s Independence Day Celebration Message on the 54th Independence Day (09.10.2016)

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Under a normal political situation, a nation’s day of independence should be euphoric: citizens and leaders alike join together to celebrate their triumph overcolonialism, remembering the day when they became a nation led and governed by their own with their mandate.

Frankly, Uganda’s independence heroes had a natural and legitimate right to free Uganda from a century of British dominance. Colonialism had many unacceptable effects that took away many citizenship rights; political rights to determine who governs them, economic rights to determine who controls their resources and use them equitably and have control over state institutions that served the rulers than the people. The most pernicious effect of colonialism was the control of the mind and distortion of our culture creating in the people a slave mentality.

In 1962 however, we inherited a functioning, though enclave, economy with an effective transport (road and rail) system, sufficient hydro electric power supply, a sizeable extractive and manufacturing industry, a strong agricultural sector and functioning social services.

Post colonial Uganda has however not only maintained the inherited political system that denies citizens the fundamental rights and freedoms and maintained the slavery mentality maintaining a master – slave relationship , it has also destroyed the enclave economy, destroyed agricultural production , infrastructure, social services and the extractive and manufacturing industry. It also introduced and entrenched corruption, nepotism, tribalism, cronyism etc. As a result, Uganda’s 54 years have been marked by : Political instability (no leader has handed power to another leader), violence, a failed economy and social strife. The duty of our people now therefore to reclaim the country to get back our rights, freedoms and resources through struggle and hence the DEFIANCE CAMPAIGN; the people’s non violent struggle. This will lead to a post NRM transition in which we shall carry out Constitutional Reforms, Rebuild State Institutions, engage in Truth Telling, Accountability and Reconciliation followed by Free and Fair elections.

As Ugandans, we have a solemn duty to reverse the plunder and destruction of our country. We must realise though that this call to national duty is not a call to an easy task. It has to start with changing people’s mindset and perceptions about national and state power relationships. The process can only be difficult if people submit. We have to defy and refuse to cooperate with the dictator. The more we cooperate, the more he enjoys the use of tools of coercion and maintains the illegitimate rule over us.

Luckily, like it has been in all societies where people have had a demand for standing up for their rights to defy and defeat dictatorship, Ugandans are resiliently focusing their energies on dismantling NRM and Mr. Museveni dictatorship. I see many organised groups of Ugandans that have taken on the call to bring about change in our country. We can only join them. Then Ugandans will truly celebrate independence.

Col.(Rtd) Dr. Kizza Besigye
People’s President

Redefining the history of “freedom”: Detainment Spree!

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Happy 54th Independence celebrations. I salute all Ugandans and congratulate you on this auspicious occasion” – Yoweri Kaguta Museveni

Today, the National Resistance Movement and their junta regime under President Musveni is supposed to celebrate 54 years of Freedom and Liberty from the British Empire. Today there are supposed to be both Celebration Parties from the Government, but also the Opposition Party Forum for Democratic Change, something they even asked permission from the Police Authorities. Instead they are either behind house-arrest or like Dr. Kizza Besigye who tried to leave his home in Kasangati, Wakiso District; where taken from his gates and the put in the notorious “black van” or “torture van” and reported to spend the day at the Naggalama Police Station in Mukono. Something that has happen frequently in the recent months.

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Just as the NRM and their President are celebrating giving away awards to the Uganda Cranes and other dignitaries on this day in Luuka District. The Police are house-arresting several leaders in the FDC, because they fear the level of popularity and their connection with the people that will make the current leadership look weak.

The ironic about this is that Independence Day are celebrated by the Authorities using active colonial laws to oppress citizens who doesn’t validate the ruling regime and their methods of staying in power. This happens as Lord Mayor of Kampala Erias Lukwago and Hon. Allan Ssewanyana has been arrested as well.

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In Katwe, Kampala the FDC’s Ingrid Turinawe and Hon. Geoffrey Ekanya we’re arrested by the Police as they started to have their own independent Celebration in the area.

But the President himself is priding himself with the army and Police in Luuka, because it’s not like he can get a lot of people to surround himself anymore because of popularity as the fatigue of his greed and depleting state of affairs.

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So the freedom that President Museveni provides is just if he is given loyalty or offers it, either because the citizen doesn’t matter or the person is not a threat to his existence of power. That proves the limited vision of liberty and justice under the current NRM regime and their force of aggravated assaults on the true independence of Uganda. Uganda should celebrate their liberation from the giant empire of United Kingdom. They might got rid of the control from London, but the control of Okello House of Entebbe or State House in Kampala isn’t that much better. They are still monitoring and controlling the civil society and impunity towards their own citizens… acting and using laws that we’re made under colonial times to silence the voices who wanted liberty back then from Whitehall.

Medals are given to these men it’s reported from the Uganda Media Centre: 

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The President shouldn’t congratulate, he is late and he doesn’t care of liberties and freedoms of his own, only about himself and his elite that has risen while he took power. Peace.

FDC leaders are now kept on a tight leash!

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Just as the Police Force AIGP Andrew Kaweesi has been blurring and telling the Forum for Democratic Change that their not allowed to do Public rallies or anything; which by his reckoning is bound by law. The FDC is really under siege. This is happening while the pictures surface of how many Police Officers and Guards around Dr. Kizza Besigye house and his compound in Kasangati, Wakiso.

Also that the FDC Spokesperson without any warrant, any court-order or any considered method of criminal justice we’re put under house-arrest by the Uganda Police Force, at his home in Bukasa Bweyogere. This proves how malicious the rigged system is against the leading opposition and the counter-argument against the NRM and their Executive. That they have without any reason or reasonable legal motivated care for justice put Honourable Ibrahim Ssemujja Nganda.

While that was taking place the Honourable Besigye we’re fleeing his homestead and cleared away from the massive guarded areas of his compound again. Dr. Kizza Besigye has been able to pass-out before as he has done with wits. Today he went out so he could pay his respect Mr. Richard Mafabi in Buteza, Budadiri West Constituency, Sironko District. The former Magistrate of Makindye, a man who he has encountered a few times in his career. So he wanted to be noble and honour the man.

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So now the Police Force is picking-up more of the Central Leadership of FDC. They cannot help themselves to do something else. They do this like in spite of the rules and regulation in the mercy of public safety, but they only does it to silence the Opposition. The legitimate party of the land and not the one that has to bribe itself into existence like the Movement does for the moment.

The FDC are under steady attack, not allowed to do its activity. Every time they try to do party works than their FDC Headquarters at Najjankumbi or some of key leadership are detained, under house-arrest or just under surveillance of the Police. The Police and Authorities are so vividly attached to upkeep of the FDC that their budget has to have giant space for the FDC and their activities. They have to pay out a lot of salary to keep up with the FDC and their work. This must be seen as wasted funds as they only further the purpose of defiance for the FDC and not strengthening the cause of the Opposition.

The Movement and their Police are just making this into a foul-play instead of what they are trying to achieve. They doing it with impunity instead of with legitimately… because when they have to take the step of house-arresting fellow MPs without any consideration and claim of illegal activity you know the government and their security outfits are totally out of bound with legitimate rule of law and justice. The Justice and Rule of Law is only serving the Elite and NRM not the people, because even the so-called representatives can be taken hostage and arrested without any court order or use of codes of law to present their case towards the person who we’re too be charged.

This is the illegal steps the government does to its own citizens and without any concern for rights. They are only caring about staying power, not serving the citizens therefore they detaining, house-arrests and personify their current impunity with the attacks on the FDC. Peace.